We all have seen seen a cops driving badly: Double parking and blocking traffic. Cruising down the highway way beyond the speed bound, with no suspect to run down. Blatantly texting while driving. Pulling the old turn on the siren just long enough to run the red light trick. And for anybody who’ss fantasized about making a citizens capture of one of their citys finest, police departments soon will be able to track how their cops are driving, and when theyre behaving badly.
Ford has produced a way for law enforcement bosses to see where their subordinates go and track how theyre driving. Fifty Los Angeles Police Department cruisers have been equipped with transmitters that send officers driving info to their supervisors, and can tell if the boys in blue are wearing seat belts. The system is a joint effort by Ford and California software firm Telogis, and intended for the Police Interceptor models of the Explorer and Taurus. The idea is that accountability will lead to better and safer driving behavior. Auto insurance businesses have been doing the same thing for many years.
Ford Telematics for Law Enforcement lets police departments see if their officers are giving in to those temptations. The system knows if the light bar is turned on, and calculates the speed of the car against the bound. But it also helps them as it detect hard braking and sudden acceleration. It sees when the car spins and when the anti lock braking system is engaged. Unlike regular black boxes for cars, it can transmit data in real time. And if the airbags deploy, dispatchers will see it and know to send backup now.